That’s a post title I couldn’t have imagined writing a decade ago, despite the misgivings I was having about our bi-factional ruling party even back then. But watching the slow-motion thrashing of the establishment GOP in response to a real, grassroots populist rebellion against their utter failures to live up to their own brand is just sickening. (Note: I’m of the opinion that much of Trump’s support is not so much an endorsement of the man himself as it is a substantial number of the rank and file seeing an opportunity to finally stick a much-deserved finger in the eye of the GOP insider elite. The anger out there is both real and justified.)
The insiders’ true colors are now showing, and it’s quite ugly. In case you thought our ruling class even pretended to acknowledge the will of the voters, this videoclip should put that myth to rest. Excerpt:
Curly Haugland, Republican National Committee Member: “The media has created a perception that the voters will decide the nomination. … The political parties choose their nominees, not the general public.”
When asked by the reporter “then why bother holding primaries?” his response:
“That’s a good question.”
That kind of attitude is exactly what has so much of the GOP’s nominal base up in arms. For years citizens who care passionately about our nation’s future have organized, rallied, donated, campaigned and otherwise given of themselves to try to elect representatives and officials who will implement the policies they believe in. And they’ve been soundly disappointed time and again, as officials “grow” in office or otherwise compromise on the very issues where their constituents expected them to stand firm. But rather than figure out how to reconnect with that base by actually changing course, the elites are simply out to reassert their partisan a-thor-i-TIE by any means necessary. I suspect that will include shenanigans at the convention, even if Trump wins an outright majority of delegates before then. It’s certainly happened before when a substantial number of voters supported a candidate the insiders didn’t like.
And at that point, whether you support Trump or not, the only conclusion that can be reached is that the GOP has lost every bit of its legitimacy — first by governing differently than they promised, and then by ignoring the voters when they try to hold the party to account. I would not be surprised if things got extremely nasty in this country after that. After all, when the people are convinced ballots no longer matter, they will find other ways to express their displeasure at those who continue to put the screws to them.